Patagonia Drifter A/C
I really wanted to like this shoe. It didn't fit well…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $100
I really wanted to like this shoe. It didn't fit well on my narrow feet, which caused a lot of lifting in the heel. This could be alleviated by cranking down on the laces, but wasn't ideal. I like these because the sole was stiff enough for backpacking and scrambling on rock which my trail runners just weren't stiff enough for. After my second backpacking trip pieces of the sole started tearing off, leaving a hole in one shoes and broken tread on the other.
- Stiff soles
- Good feel
- Sole did not hold up to wear
- Fit seemed loose for a narrow foot
I bought this at REI using my dividend and a 20% off coupon. I really wanted to love these shoes. This was my first time trying Patagonia, and while I had a couple of promlems with these shoes, overall I would try Patagonia again, but not this shoe, as it just never did fit my feet right.
Fit: Shoe had a good feel to it, but the heel was always a little sloppy causing heel lift. This could be controlled somewhat by cranking down on the laces, but I never could entirely get rid of the problem. I have friends who have not had any problems with the fit, so I think it is simply a problem for people with narrow feet like myself.
Comfort: A very comfortable shoe overall, except if the laces were not tied the shoes would not stay on at all. If I tried to slip them on to step outside they would not stay on. Would have loved for the heel to fit a bit snugger. As I mentioned, cranking on the laces helped with the heel lift, but them they were a bit too tight on the top.
Support: The stiff sole was exactly what I was looking for in a lightweight hiker that I could wear backpacking as well.
Temp Control: I tend to have really hot feet and these shoes seemed to breathe very well, though I am used to Gortex lined boots and shoes.
Traction: Soles had great traction on slickrock, as well as trails.
Construction & Durability: My biggest complaint is that the lugs on the sole started to break off after my first backpacking trip. When they continued to break on my second trip leaving a hole in one shoe, I finally decided to retrn them.
I used them on two weeklong backpacking trips, (In the Utah canyonlands on trails and slickrock, and in Yellowstone NP on trails) as well as on a few dayhikes over a period of 4 months.
The Drifter A/C by Patagonia is an excellent trail…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $130
The Drifter A/C by Patagonia is an excellent trail shoe. It was comfortable right out of the box and required no break-in whatsoever. I've have used them for over one year and am very impressed with how well they are built.
- Required no break-in
- Rather expensive
I bought the Drifter A/C after reading a review of them in Backpacker Magazine, who gave them a great review. I've now used them for over one year and have not been disappointed.
They were comfortable right away with no break-in needed. The tread is made by Vibram and grip all types of surfaces well and so far has been very durable. I have only used them for day hikes carrying photo packs of less than 20 lbs. so I can't say how they would work on a multi-day backpacking trips with a full pack.
Their only drawback for me was the $130 that I paid for them, but so far they have been worth the money.
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For cool comfort and firm support on the trail, the Patagonia Drifter A/C features a breathable air mesh and durable nubuck leather upper with a polyurethane insole for long-lasting support and stability.This product will be shipped directly from Patagonia and will leave their warehouse in 2-3 business days. Eligible for UPS ground shipping only.
- EMS refers to the men's version
Hit the trails with the Patagonia Drifter A/C men's hiking shoes, which offer lightweight support and cushioning for hikes on all sorts of terrain. Nubuck leather uppers with nylon mesh underlays offer sturdy, flexible performance in a lightweight chassis; padded, bellowed tongue helps keep debris out. Polyester mesh linings wick moisture away from feet to enhance in-shoe comfort. Anatomically shaped EVA footbeds (20% recycled EVA), offer extra cushioning for all-day wear. EVA midsoles and Air Cushion Plus inserts soak up and dissipate impact shocks. 80% post-consumer recycled polyethylene and polyurethane insole boards distribute pressure, supply midfoot stability on uneven terrain and provide protection underfoot. Vibram(R) Trail Ecostep outsoles on the Patagonia Drifter A/C hiking shoes are made of partially recycled rubber and offer great traction on a variety of surfaces.
- REI refers to the men's version
Trail or streambed? The ambiguous terrain to Marten Lake is just right for the adaptive skills of the Drifter A/C(R) Mid Waterproof boot. The completely waterproof upper is built of lightweight, breathable air mesh and durable nubuck leather to seal out water, while a breathable bellows tongue keeps out debris. A recycled EVA anatomical footbed cushions and supports, and Patagonia(R) Air Cushion Plus in the midsole and heel absorbs shock. The Bi-Fit? (80% post-consumer recycled) polyurethane waterproof insole provides stability, and a Vibram(R) Trail Ecostep(R) outsole with 30% recycled rubber has excellent traction. Featuring waterproof bootie construction that keeps you dry and comfortable in wet conditions.
- Patagonia.com refers to the men's version
Made from eco-friendly and recyclable materials, the Patagonia Drifter A/C Hiking Shoe appreciates the Earth like you do. Go out and enjoy the outdoors wearing the air-cushioned Drifter with a low-cut profile and comfortable fit. The breathable mesh lining permits air-flow, while the anatomical footbed provides extra cushion and support. Recycled Vibram soles grip the trail, so your next step won't leave you slipping all over the mountain.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version